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Venus Williams never thought about an early exit at the Australian Open

She looked set for an early exit from the Australian Open but Venus Williams said she never considered it.

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Venus Williams insisted she never thought her Australian Open was close to being over during her comeback win over Camila Giorgi.

The American veteran was staring at a third-round exit, trailing 6-4 4-2 and serving at 0-40.

But she rallied from then on to claim a 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 victory over the Italian, reaching the last 16 of a grand slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011.

Williams said her focus was on every point, not potentially being knocked out.

"In those moments you're just so in the moment that you don't, you know the score, but it's almost like you don't as well," she said afterwards.

"So when that was happening, my whole focus was, 'OK, let me try to hold serve' instead of, 'Oh, shoot, this is almost over'.

"I felt like in the first set I had some chances on the 5-4 return game.

"In the second set I just felt like if I play one or two points better then I'm in there."

Williams was full of praise for Giorgi, who dominated the early baseline exchanges but was left to lament 16 double faults and 62 unforced errors.

"She played amazing. Thought she played awesome and just so aggressive. Everything was working for her," Williams said.

"I've never played her before, so it's challenging to get a rhythm against her. It's challenging to know what the exact plays are.

"As the match went on I think I was able to get a little bit more settled and figure that out a little bit, but she played great.

"Just kind of kept trying to get games on my board so hopefully I would get an opening at some point."

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